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Our Idiot Brother


Everyone has one: Ned (Paul Rudd) means well, but has no common sense. When he barges into the lives of his three sisters, hilarity ensues.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
1 out of 5

Mature comedy mixes edgy content, sweet substance.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this surprisingly wise comedy, while hilarious (though not in a showy, Hangover-esque way), addresses some mature themes, including infidelity, incarceration, and job boundaries. Swearing abounds (including plenty of "f--k"s), and some scenes are quite sexually charged, including one that shows a character at the beginning of a threesome. Most of the nudity is somewhat indirect -- viewable from the side or the back, in brief slices -- but plenty of action is implied, and there's some frank talk as well. A couple of scenes involve marijuana.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Ned and his sisters. How would you characterize their relationships? Do they seem authentic and believable? How do they compare to family members you've seen in other movies?
  • What are the movie's messages about family and relationships?
  • Parents, talk to your kids about how Ned approaches life. Does it work for him? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A thin, unconvincing movie made likable by the charm and skill of its cast and by a script peppered with wit and insight.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fresh: Rudd brings color and dimension to a borderline-simpleton schlub who could have easily become a one-note clich.

- Alexis Loinaz, Chicago Tribune, Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fresh: It's a warm, intelligent and highly contemporary comedy with just the right amount of edge, a terrific ensemble cast and a big, fuzzy golden retriever ready to knock you down and lick you like a giant lollipop.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Thursday, August 25, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

My Idiot Brother is an offbeat comedy that has a great cast, but it's a little too formulaic and cut-and-dry to be better than "okay". Keep in mind that it's more subtle than slapstick, and you'll be fine. Especially if you're a Paul Rudd fan (like I am).

- lewiskendell, Saturday, December 31, 2011

3 stars

three stars

- YodaMasterJedi, Friday, December 30, 2011

4 stars

Whereas most comedies these days go for the easy laughs and recycled shtick, "Our Idiot Brother" does something completely different. It strives to be the sweetest, fuzziest, most warm-hearted R rated comedy imaginable and completely succeeds! The film is as light as a feather, but the stellar cast makes it memorable and ring true. The best feel-good film to come around in some time.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Tuesday, December 27, 2011